The word "pilgrim" is defined by Merriam-Webster's dictionary as: someone who travels to a holy place. In other words, a pilgrim is a person who is on a journey with their eyes fixed on something that is born of truth. Although a pilgrim is one who wanders, they do not wander aimlessly. A pilgrim wanders … Continue reading What Is A Pilgrim?
When we think of poverty the first thing that may come to mind is money. We use money-based statistics like the fact that over 3 billion people - almost half of the world population - live on less than $2.50 and the widening gap between rich and poor to express how prevalent and devastating monetary poverty. … Continue reading The Many Forms of Poverty
Dylan Raines was interviewed and featured in an article by Nicole J. Phillips who writes a column for The Forum, a newspaper based in Fargo, North Dakota. Click here to read the article at InForum.com.
As children we have all been told to follow instruction. Stand up, sit down, fold your hands in your lap, speak when spoken to, etc. We have squandered the internal ability of a child to innovate. What are the first subjects that are discontinued in schools if test scores are low? It is the arts … Continue reading Bringing Creativity Into The Classroom Is Essential
Since last September I have had the honor and privilege to know and work with Dr. John Francis (aka "Planetwalker"). Today while I was walking, something he said in his Ted Talk inspired deep reflection. Towards the end of the talk he said "The way we treat each other is how we will treat the environment. … Continue reading The way we treat each other is how we will treat the environment.
I live in Seattle, Washington. There are 1600 children in Washington State who are waiting for a family to find them and provide with the love, care and home they deserve. Across the United States there are an estimated 400,000 children in need of a family. Last Autumn, I was honored to attend the Wait … Continue reading All Children Deserve Love, Care and a Family
I was diagnosed with keratoconus, an eye-disease that mis-shapens the cornea within the eye, in 2003 when I attempted to get my driver's license. Being home-schooled, I was never really in a "chalkboard" environment and didn't realize there was something off about the way my eyes worked. I went to the DMV and during the … Continue reading How Keratoconus Has Helped Me See